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August 19, 2012

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Granted, the welfare system is abused. That is the fault of the management or the rules governing access. We can be the most philanthropic people in the world when disasters strike, but well-conceived programs could prevent some disasters from ever happening.

Politicians preach austerity to everyone but themselves. I have yet to hear them reconsider the social benefits they receive or subsidies lavished on corporate America. And how did Social Security and Medicare, designed to protect against financial destitution in old age, become universal entitlements?

As our population ages, it is no surprise the numbers don’t add up.

How many thousands of citizens receive these benefits who could survive without them? We seem to take no notice of the hypocrisy.

Tocqueville warned, when individualism becomes selfishness the fibers of our social fabric rend, and a new tyranny must rise. I see only two options: Total anarchy or the strong against the weak.

James Madison said, “In a republic it is of great importance to guard one part of society against the injustice of the other part. Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society.”

Jeffery W. Wiseley, Star City

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